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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Book Review: Ruined by Paula Morris

Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling. She's staying in a creepy old house with her Aunt Claudia, who reads Tarot cards for a living. And at the snooty prep school, a pack of filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of New Orleans. There's just one catch. Lisette is a ghost. A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle. As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend - and as she begins to trust Anton Grey - she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?
(Dust jacket)

I have to say, I didn't love it as much as I thought I would. The story itself was unique - a ghost story with a few twists. Not sure if those twists were good or not though :) Although the book isn't terribly long there was some fluff I think I could have done without. At one point Rebecca visits NY after being away for while - nothing happens - no insights - nadda - it just filled up some space in the middle of the book. Also, some parts, some characters, where a little flat to me.

Overall though, this book was a pretty good read. I found myself wanting to know how the story ended and what happens to all the characters in the end. The insights into the New Orleans elite class (both past and present) was nice. Lisette the ghost was a different sort of character. Pretty sure it's a stand alone novel which is a nice after reading so many series.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Read the first chapter here

Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Point (thisispoint.com)
Published August 2009
309 pages


  1. Hmm, I really wanted to read this. Now I am not too sure. I guess I will see if I can get it at the library. Thanks for such a nice review.

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  3. For starters, I'm in love with that cover. It is both beautiful and haunting. As for the book, I'm sorry you didn't like it more. I still really want to read it but probably wouldn't buy it. Thanks for the honesty. :D


  4. I'm really looking forward to this one. I guess because I love tales that center around New Orleans. It's such a unique place.

  5. Ouch only 3 0f 5. This just jumped down my wish list. It did keep you entertained enough to finish it though.

  6. Kinda disappointed. But I think I'll still read it because of it being set in Louisiana. Can't say we don't have interesting history.

  7. Good honest review. Now I'm hesistant to buy it.


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